The 13th-century rock church of Santo Spirito belonged to the grange of the Order of the Knights of Malta, run by the church chaplain. The three steps of the main door and the remains of its 17th-century façade are located outside the rupestrian part of the church. Its interior has three aisles with apses embellished by quadrangular pillars that support round arches and a ribbed cross vault. On the right wall, near the apse, an arcosolium decorated in relief with floral motifs, marked the grave of an important person. A 13th-century fresco of a martyr holding a cross in her hand is observable, as well as the palimpsest (layered) fresco of St. Vitus, with his name inscribed in the clypeus, which is one of Matera’s earliest Byzantine paintings. In addition, there is a Christ in Majesty in the apse of the main nave from the same period, as well as some scenes from the life of an unknown saint, together with fragments of various frescos on the other walls.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto 75100 Matera
Biglietto di ingresso:
This church is unattended.